Leeds University Library

October at the Galleries

Published Monday 2 October 2017

Victorian cookbooks

Victorian cookbooks, life drawing, maps through history, Tolkien at Leeds, medieval manners

Tuesday Treasure: Maps

Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017

Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court

Time: Drop in anytime from 12:00 - 2:00

Cost: Free

Tuesday Treasures travels near and far as we showcase a range of maps from Special Collections. Drop into the Treasures Gallery between 12noon and 2pm to see maps made and used for a variety of functions, including books to help the 17th century traveller, fictional literary lands, and fascinating studies of language.

Badly cooked dinners and untidy ways: A look at Victorian cookbooks

Date: Saturday 14 Oct 2017

Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court

Time: 10:30 - 12:30

Cost: Free, booking required

Artist Catherine Bertola and historian Rachel Rich introduce nineteenth-century cookery and domestic advice books, and explain how this subject has influenced their research and practice.

Victorian women could access and own many cookbooks, covering all aspects of cooking. What they did with them is not always clear, but we do know the authors of these books used them for more than just cooking instruction.

In the case of Mrs Beeton's famous Book of Household Management (1861), the book was a set of instructions guiding a woman's movements through every moment of her married life. In this session, you will get to have a look inside some nineteenth-century cookbooks, and discuss their history and the part they tried to play in women's lives.

Artist Catherine Bertola will then introduce you to her practice, and show some artworks inspired by the content of books like the ones held in the Leeds University Library Special Collections.

This talk is free, but spaces are limited so booking is essential.

Book your place for A look at Victorian cookbooks

For further information please contact the Gallery by email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: (0113) 343 9803

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield (Age 18+)

Date: Saturday 21 Oct 2017

Location: Audrey Burton Gallery webpage">The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Cost: £10, booking required

Join us in our monthly Life Drawing class with Gallery favourite and experienced artist and tutor, Rob Oldfield.

This workshop is open to everyone, from newcomers who want to take up a hobby through to experienced artists looking to hone their sketching skills.

Materials will be supplied but please feel free to bring your own too.

Rob Oldfield has been leading our life drawing classes since August 2014 and everyone is a fan. Rob is a York-based artist, graphic designer, sign-writer, art technician and tutor. He has modelled for life classes for many years as well as teaching life drawing to his students. As a tutor, Rob encourages, advises and listens so please do come along and take advantage of his skills and experience.

Suitable for ages 18 +

Please note there is a £10 charge for this workshop.

Book your place for Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

For further information please contact the Gallery by email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: (0113) 343 2778

Lunchtime Talk: J.R.R. Tolkien at Leeds

Date: Thursday 26 Oct 2017

Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Cost: Free, booking required

Dr Alaric Hall, Lecturer in Medieval English Literature, explores Tolkien's scholarship and friendships during his time at the University of Leeds.

Leeds University Library's Special Collections gives a unique insight into Tolkien's teaching career at the University.

Discover how the scholarship and friendships that Tolkien formed while at Leeds University informed his creative writing - a story that involves intercontinental migration, class prejudices, and the struggles of women to be accepted as scholars.

This talk is free, but spaces are limited so booking is essential.

Book your place for JRR Tolkien at Leeds

For further information please contact the Gallery by email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: (0113) 343 9803

To Serve A Lord

Date: Saturday 28 Oct 2017

Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court

Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Cost: Free, booking required

Discover the table manners, ceremonial duties and tableware of a medieval lord at this interactive event with food historian Peter Brears.

Contrary to popular belief, medieval table manners were highly refined and sophisticated. By combining the instruction of late medieval manners books and reproduction tablewares, this session, led by Peter Brears, will involve its audience in re-enacting the process of serving a lord in all its ceremonial detail.

Peter Brears is one of the co-curators of the 'Cooks and their Books' exhibition. A former director of Leeds City Museums and an expert on the history of food, Peter has written many books on the subject, including Traditional Food in Yorkshire. He also recreates kitchens of the past in country houses.

This event is free but places are limited so please book a place for To Serve a Lord in advance online

For information, please email gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone 0113 3439803.